8 Super-Easy, Budget-Friendly Kitchen Renovation Projects You Can Do in a Single Weekend

updated May 1, 2019
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What’s that? You don’t have unlimited free weekends to spend updating your kitchen? What do you know? Most of us don’t! But a select few of us have figured out that there are a few small, one-off changes that can be done in a single weekend.

Whether you want to do a bigger renovation piece by piece over the course of several weekends, or you just want to do one quick fix to fall in love with the space, there are all sorts of things you can do.

So, don’t quit your day job or clear your calendar for 2019. Here are eight kitchen renovation projects that can be done in a weekend.

(Image credit: The Gold Hive)

1. Apply vinyl flooring.

Adhesive vinyl flooring can often go right on top of your existing floors for a pretty instant refresh. For a truly modern take, do what Ashley of The Gold Hive did and consider using three colors to create a plaid-like pattern. The biggest step is measuring and prepping your floors, then they come together quickly!

(Image credit: Fresh Mommy Blog)

2. Update old wooden furniture.

While painting a whole kitchen’s worth of cabinetry might not be possible in a weekend (it takes for-e-ver!), you can certainly update a piece of furniture in two days time. Tabitha, the blogger at Fresh Mommy, found an old section of a counter that was in pretty good shape, so she got straight to priming it. Other things you can paint: chairs, tables, microwave carts (anything that’s wooden and dated!).

See more: A Modern DIY Kitchen Island Makeover at Fresh Mommy

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

3. Put up a backsplash.

If your walls are looking sparse because they’re backsplash-less, you have a few options. You can paint them, hang up some wallpaper, or install some peel-and-stick panels that look like tile. This project pictured above was actually done in just one afternoon.

(Image credit: Alexis Buryk)

4. Paint the walls

As mentioned above, you can just do some painting. It’s seriously impressive how much of a difference a single can of paint can make. And this kitchen is proof that a bold wall color can improve the look of dated honey oak cabinets.

(Image credit: College Housewife)

5. Hang some shelves.

In the before photos, this kitchen, which belongs to Elizabeth over at College Housewife, had some way-too-empty walls. By hanging these shelves over the stove, she added some eye candy and increased her storage. Take a look around your kitchen and put empty space to good use.

(Image credit: Little Green Notebook)

6. Paint your refrigerator.

Got an old fridge that you’re not totally in love with! Paint it! This is also a good (read: less expensive) way to get the look of those cute, colorful SMEGs you see on Pinterest. Jenny from Little Green Notebook actually modeled her fridge project after a SMEG design that’s not available in the States.

See more: DIY Black Fridge with Brass Pulls at Little Green Notebook

(Image credit: Love & Renovations)

7. Update your countertop.

You can use paint (or even contact paper) to update your countertops without ripping them out. Amanda, from Love & Renovations, did this with her own supplies, but Home Depot sells kits that include everything you could possibly need to paint your countertops and make a granite effect.

See more: DIY Faux Granite Countertops at Love & Renovations

(Image credit: New Blooming)

8. Paint your cabinet hardware.

Keep the hardware you already have and just give it a little upgrade with a bit of spray paint. Erin — the blogger behind New Blooming — sanded TYDA handles from IKEA, sprayed them with a Krylon gold spray paint, and coasted them with a clear finish.

See more: The Kitchen at New Blooming

Have you done any easy weekend decorating projects lately? Tell us about them in the comments below!